The Stanford University cardiac surgery team expounds on current evidence for selection of prostheses in valve replacement. While more liberal usage of biologic prostheses in younger patients may be appropriate for the aortic valve, the support for this practice in the mitral position is not as strong.
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April 8, 2019
This review provides a comprehensive overview of the available data on antithrombotic therapy after transcatheter aortic valve replacement.
April 5, 2019
Mick Jagger has undergone a TAVR procedure in New York and is now recovering.
April 3, 2019
In light of the recent Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recommendation for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) volumes, this study looked at 113,662 TAVRs from the TVT registry from 2015 to 2017 and found that 30-day mortality was higher at low-volume TAVR hospitals or low-volume operators.
In Global News: US National Coverage Policy for TAVR, UK Lung Cancer Guideline Update, and Steroids and AKI After CABG
March 29, 2019
Patient Care and General Interest
March 18, 2019
A number of interesting findings in early follow up of this randomized controlled trial on one type of transcatheter aortic valve against conventional surgery: the mechanics of the valve and the incidence of complete heart block, to name but a few. We await the longer follow up.
ACC to Offer Transcatheter Valve Certification to Help Hospitals Implement Best Practices, Identify Quality Improvement Opportunities
March 14, 2019
On Wednesday March 13, the ACC Quality Summit announced in New Orleans that beginning in mid-2019, hospitals performing transcatheter valve repair and replacement will be able to apply for the American College of Cardiology's new Transcatheter Valve Certification.
In Global News: Overlapping Surgery and CABG, Lung Cancer Screening at the Supermarket, and Reporting Device-Related Injuries
March 8, 2019
Patient Care and General Interest The American Heart Association has released a scientific statement summarizing emerging knowledge about sensitization after heart transplant.
Prognostic Implications of Psoas Muscle Area in Patients Undergoing Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation
February 27, 2019
Kofler and colleagues evaluated prospectively-measured psoas muscle area in more than 1,000 patients who underwent transcatheter aortic valve replacement at two centers. Indexed psoas area was independently associated with 30-day and follow-up mortality.
February 6, 2019
In this prospective single-institution study, functional status trajectory one year after intervention was compared for transcatheter (TAVR) versus surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR). A moderate/large decline compared to preintervention status occurred in 23% of TAVR patients and 4% of SAVR patients. A frailty index, postoperative delirium, a